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2207 – postcards from Athos: part three

In part one and two – posts 2205 and 2206 – I showed you the postcards from the first 17 monasteries. In this post I will present the postcards of the remaing three: nr 18, Esfigmenou, nr 19, Panteleimonos or … Continue reading

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2206 – postcards from Athos: part two

In part one – post 2205 – I showed you the postcards I found on the internet of Karyes and the first eight monasteries. In part two the next monastery is: 09 Sografou This is fourth postcard from Zepdji. Until … Continue reading

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2205 – postcards from Athos: part one

Sending a postcard home was in former days a way to let friends and family know where you have been and a pilgrimage to Athos is no exception to this tradition. As early as 1905 the first postcards from Athos … Continue reading

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2204 – the hike from Dafni to Xiropotamou

In 1980 I visited the Holy Mountain for the first time and Ivíron was the first monastery I stayed in. Thirtynine years later I finally visited the last monastery of the 20, Xiropotamou. Although the monastery is easy to reach … Continue reading

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2203 – After the Corona lock-down: Athos reopens partially from May 11th 2021

Finally some good news: Orthodoxia News Agency has just reported that the Holy Mountain will again receive pilgrims from tomorrow, May 11, 2021. The lock-down period ends today, May 10th. However, there are restrictions: for each monastery ten diamonitiria/visitors, for … Continue reading

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2202 – Grigoriou: photo overview, a tour from the arsanas to the Katholicon

The arsanas of Grigoriou, with the boat Agia Anna arriving at 10 PM The boat house at the arsanas is being renovated (Oktober 2019) Monks working on oil-smeared cables Arsanas Grigoriou, with a “second archondariki” on the left. The main … Continue reading

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2201 – Yearning for ancient paths, the monopatia of Mt. Athos

The activity on Mount Athos that I miss the most is walking the old monopatia, the narrow foot- and mule paths that are all over the peninsula. Many of them are unfortunately destroyed and replaced by gravel roads. Many thoughts … Continue reading

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2200 – Tourism to the Holy Mountain?

Athos is closed for tourists. It has always been, as far as I’m informed. Due to Covid-19 Athos is now closed for pilgrims as well. It must be really quiet and peaceful now. The monks can fully concentrate on their … Continue reading

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2199 – Ali Sami Bey, Ottoman photographer

Ali Sami Bey (prob. 1872 – unknown) worked as a photographer in Karyes from 1925 till 1927. He was a ex-colonel and so called aide-de-camp to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. He made black and white photo’s but he … Continue reading

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2198 – Vaccinations have started on Mount Athos (20-3-2021)

A Coast Guard boat delivered the first 400 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to Mount Athos on Friday, March 19, 2021. The vaccination center was set up in the health center in Karyes. On March 20, 2021, the first 36 … Continue reading

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